Be Afraid, Freud, Be Very Afraid
Elsa Crane Assumes the Position
Thanks so much for having me over, Liv, on the final day of the Fulfilling the Contract blog tour. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Yesterday I had Nick Chase, the sexy limo-driver, from Fulfilling the Contract on KD’s Couch, and I somehow figured Elsa Crane might be in shortly. I’m pretty sure the two are driving each other crazy in oh so many ways. We writers are all practicing psychologists when it comes to our characters. When they need someone to talk to, when they need someone to analyse them, we hang our counselling shingle then pick up pen and notebook while our characters stretch out on the couch and give us a good look-see inside their heads.
KD: Elsa, is it alright if Liv’s lovely readers sit in on one of our little psych-sessions?
Elsa: I don’t care who observes. I’m used to being watched. (Instead of settling on the couch, she paces in front of it)
KD: (I nod to the sofa) Take a load off.
Elsa: No thank you. (She keeps pacing and gives her bottom a quick rub) I lost a bet with Pike and ended up getting my ass beat in his dungeon. Sadistic bastard.
KD: And did that bet have anything to do with Nick Chase?
Elsa: Pretty much. I bet Pike that Nick Chase wouldn’t come back after what he saw at the Cosmopolitan the night he shagged Tanya. (She turns to face me and stands with her hands on her hips) I couldn’t imagine him coming back, I mean he was so straight laced. He felt guilty for fucking Tanya, for Godsake, and Tanya’s easy.
KD: I think he felt guilty because Tanya lost her job.
Elsa: (Pacing again) Oh pa-lease! Don’t start in on me. You think I don’t feel bad about having to let Tanya go? You think I wanted her to lose her bonus. Do you know how many times I’ve looked the other way while she blatantly broke the rules and got away with it because she’s good at what she does? This thing with Nick was just the last straw, and he was collateral damage. God I feel bad about that, but they’re both adults, and now he’s going to try and fill in for her. Can you imagine? Nick Chase getting naked with someone and doing the old in and out … in front of a scope … for a client … (suddenly she seems breathless) I mean can you imagine?
KD: Clearly you can.
Elsa: (She drops onto the sofa and winces, then rearranges her tender bits) Okay sure. Nick Chase is hot. Everyone at MountVegas would fuck him in a New York minute, alright? … Including me. But this is not the job for him. The man’s not an exhibitionist.
KD: That’s not what I heard. I had coffee with Pike this morning. He says you set Nick up, and in spite of everything, the man rocked it.
Elsa: Pike has a big mouth.(Runs a hand through wild auburn hair) Okay, look, I did set Nick up. I had Beetle and Deb from the team … well I guess you could say I had them reward him. I mean I didn’t think he’d take them up on it. I figured as soon as they dropped their clothes and came on to him, he’d run for the door.
KD: But he didn’t.
Elsa: (Squirms on the sofa) No, he didn’t. I think he was trying to impress me with how worldly he was. In fact I got the strangest feeling he was performing for me. Before you say anything, there’s a helluva difference between having sex in front of me and a couple of my people and performing in front of the scope for a total stranger who’s paying MountVegas a whole lot of money to watch.
KD: What? You think he’s not sexy enough?
Elsa: Hell no! He’s the hottest thing I’ve seen in ages. He flat out sizzles. It’s not that. It’s just I don’t think he can let down his inhibitions enough to do what he’ll have to if he’s going to fulfil Tanya’s contract.
KD: And yet, you hired him.
Elsa: Yes I did. In a weak moment I hired him.
KD: Will the two of you be acting in any fantasies together.
Elsa: (She stands and begins to pace again) I don’t think that’s a good idea.
KD: Why, Elsa? That’s his job, isn’t it? You perform with the rest of the MountVegas team. What makes Nick Chase so different? I mean if he can do the job, hooray for him. Hooray for MountVegas. If he can’t, well no real loss, right?
Elsa: (She just stands at the window with her back to me)
KD: You’re attracted to him.
Elsa: (She turns to face me and starts pacing again) Of course I am. We all are. But it’s more than that. You know me, KD. It’s what I want to do to him that frightens me, what I feel when I watch him, even when he’s not doing anything. There’s something about him, and that’s just a complication I don’t need.
KD: And yet you’ve taken him onto the team.
Elsa: Christ, KD, I’m hoping that wasn’t a mistake. I’m hoping I’m doing the right thing.
KD: Remember, he volunteered, Elsa, and if what Pike tells me is true, then his little performance last night should tell you that he’s sincere and that he’s willing to try.
Elsa: So why the hell does that worry me so much? (Her phone pings in a text and I wait while she looks at it.) That’s Pike. We’re having problems with the set up for Mrs Bromley’s fantasy. I’ve got to go. Wish me luck where Nick Chase is concerned.
Limo driver, NICK CHASE’s bad night gets worse when he picks up TANYA POVIC at a bar only to discover the explosive sex they share lands her in breach of her very strange contract. Blaming himself that Tanya will lose the large completion bonus earmarked for her mother’s surgery, Nick negotiates with her boss, the tough and mysterious ELSA CRANE, to allow him to fulfil Tanya’s contract and secure her bonus.
Elsa runs MountVegas, which offers voyeuristic pleasures for a price. Nick’s job, with Elsa and her quirky team, is to give clients something worth watching through the plate glass windows of Vegas’s luxury hotels and beyond. The learning curve is steep and kinky. As Nick and Elsa’s relationship sizzles and ignites more than hotel room rendezvouses are exposed. In this sequel to The Initiation of Ms Holly things get positively dangerous as Rita Holly and her team are called in from London to lend a helping hand. Bets are being placed. Will Nick fulfill the contract? Will he and Elsa take the gamble? And will they find a way to win at the high stakes, double or nothing, game of hearts?
‘Surely you can give Tanya one more chance,’ Nick said. ‘And really, it was my fault. I’d had a bad day and I wasn’t on my best behaviour.’
Elsa tossed the headset back onto the dressing table and rubbed the back of her neck. ‘Mr Chase, unless you want to fulfil Tanya’s contract for her, this conversation is over. It’s been a long day, and I’ve had enough. Pagan will escort the two of you back downstairs and since Tanya no longer works for me, I don’t care if you fuck her brains out. Now if you’d –’
‘Alright,’ Nick interrupted. ‘I will.’
Suddenly all eyes were on him. ‘Tell me what to do and I’ll fulfil the contract for her.
After all, it’s my fault she’s in breach.’
Tanya gave a little yelp that sounded like a kitten in distress and Elsa laughed out loud. ‘Mr Chase, you don’t even know what Tanya’s contract involves.’
‘I assume it has something to do with what’s going on in room 2031. It’s not prostitution is it?’
‘No! No, is not prostitution,’ Tanya said, the excitement nearly vibration through her voice. ‘Is nothing like that.’
‘Well actually it’s something like that,’ Elsa corrected. ‘My people get paid for sex.’
‘I don’t understand,’ Nick said.’
She nodded him over to one of the scopes set up at the bedroom window. When he balked, she nodded again. ‘Go ahead; check out what’s going on in room 2031.’
Nick nearly knocked the scope out of focus at his first view of the naked ass of a man pistoning his cock into a woman bent over a big bed. Her head was buried between the legs of another woman, who was pinching her own nipples for all she was worth and writhing beneath the serious tongue action.
‘Then they are prostitutes.’ Nick’s voice was suddenly a whisper, as though he feared he might disturb the people he viewed through the scope.
‘No.’ Elsa leaned close to him as though she could see over his shoulder. ‘They all work for me, and they get paid a lot of money to have sex with each other while someone else watches.’
With difficulty, Nick took his eyes off what was going on in the scope. He suddenly felt dizzy. ‘Let me get this straight, these people –’ he nodded around the room ‘– All of these people and those –’ he pointed to the scope ‘—have sex with each other and people pay money to watch.’
Elsa nodded ‘A lot of money.’
‘And that’s what Tanya was doing? That’s what the contract’s about, having sex and letting people watch?’
‘That’s what the contract’s about,’ Elsa said. With a smirk, she pulled Tanya’s red panties out of Nick’s pocket where he’d forgotten he’d stuffed after he’d picked them up from the parking lot at the Mango. She handed them back to Tanya and replaced them with a black business card, briskly patting his pocket as she did so. ‘I know how much you loath your job, Mr Chase, and I can almost guarantee you’d find what Tanya does a lot more satisfying. But –’ she ran a hand down and gave his crotch a quick grope ‘– It takes some serious balls.’
He elbowed her away and shoved past Tanya and Pagan. ‘You people are all crazy if you think I would … if you think I might …’
Elsa offered him a smile that he felt, much to his discomfort, right down between his legs. Then she lifted an eyebrow and gave a shrug that made the dark gloss of her hair shimmer in the subdued lighting. ‘You asked.’
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About K D Grace
K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.
K D has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available. She was nominated for ETO’s Best Erotic Author 2013.
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